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Absolute music


"Absolute Music" is a musical album of Robert Musso.

  • released in (26 years ago)


"Absolute music" is a book by Daniel K. L. Chua.

  • also known as "Absolute music: and the construction of meaning"


Absolute music is music that is not explicitly "about" anything; in contrast to program music, it is non-representational. The idea of absolute music developed at the end of the 18th century in the writings of authors of early German Romanticism, such as Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, Ludwig Tieck and E. T. A. Hoffmann but the term was not coined until 1846 where it was first used by Richard Wagner in a programme to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

  • also known as 绝对音乐

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Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide Music Dictionary (2010)

by Dr. Stanford Felix

absolute music Music representing or describing nothing in particular. It uses no text and has no reference to images or stories. The opposite of program music. absolute pitch A person's ability to exactly identify the rate of vibration of a certain pitch, using no reference to other sounded pitches in the musical scale, and give it a name. Although it is no indication of musical talent, it is more often found in people with ...

Google previewThe Berklee Contemporary Dictionary of Music (2015)

by Kari Juusela

absolute music. Music composed with no extramusical, nonrepresentational intent. absolute pitch. See perfect pitch . abstract music. See absolute music.

Google previewMusic Dictionary (2008)

Paperback Lessons by Hal Leonard Corp.

absolute music: Music without associations outside itself, in contrast to ...

Google previewMini Music Guides: Dictionary of Music (2013)

All the Essential Terms, Composers, and Theory in an Easy-to-Follow Format! by L. C. Harnsberger

absolute music: Instrumental music without extramusical associations, as opposed to program music. absolute pitch: The ability to ...

Google previewThe Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1999)

by Don Michael Randel

Absolute music [fr. Ger. absolute Musik, absolute Tonkunsi]. Instrumental music that is "free of" [Lat. absolutus] any explicit connection with words beyond simple indications of tempo and genre. The dichotomy between absolute and "program music is essentially misleading, for it obscures the complex intertwining of extramusical associations and "purely" musical substance that can be found even in pieces that bear no verbal clues whatever. Absolute pitch. (1) *Pitch ...

Google previewAlfred's Pocket Dictionary of Music

by Sandy Feldstein

Absolute music. Music composed with no extra musical implications, as opposed to Program Music. Absolute pitch. The ability of a person to identify a musical sound by name without any previous pitch being sounded, Also called perfect pitch. Accelerando (It, aht cheh leh rahn dohl . Abbr. accel Becoming faster Accent. Indicated with the symbol =*. To place emphasis on a specific note Acciaccatura (It, aht chah kah too rahl. Used in keyboard music of the 17th century. Indicates the ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Music (2004)

by Christine Ammer

absolute music Also, abstract music. Music that exists purely for its own sake, in contrast to ...

Google previewDictionary of Jargon (Routledge Revivals) (2013)

by Jonathon Green

absolute music n [Music] self-dependant instrumental music without any literary or other external influences; such music is created with the intention of impressing the listener with the ingenuity of its patterns and the beauty of its intrinsic sound rather than with drawing attention to any non- instrumental references. See also programme music. absolute word n [Literary criticism] a word that is ...

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